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Default REAPER 5 Highlights Guide

Below is a summary list of the main new features of REAPER 5. For a full list, see the REAPER changelog.

All the features listed below are documented in the new REAPER 5 User Guide, which is now available. To help get you started, I have also knocked up a 35 page introduction to most of these changes. It's a bit rough and ready and doesn't always put things in their context – but that's covered in the main User Guide. Anyway, you can grab the intro here:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...ightsGuide.pdf
Please note that this is aimed to help existing REAPER 4 users to adjust to REAPER 5. I doubt whether by itself it would be of much use to people completely new to REAPER.

- VST3 plug-ins now supported.
- Transport Bar layout changed.
- Metronome: beat patterns can be configured by the user. Option to play Metronome thru Monitor FX.
- Preserve PDC delayed monitoring in recorded items.
- Media Explorer: New chapter added. New features include buttons added to navigate browsing history; new option to play previewed item thru selected track; options to show selected file in explorer/finder; option to toggle search in subfolders/current folders only; option to toggle search in folder names/supported media only.
- Auto naming multiple new tracks.
- VCA track parameter grouping.
- Creating smart FX folders.
- JS FX display options.
- Propagate items to similar items on same track/all tracks.
- Time/tempo signature markers: more settings, including metronome pattern.
- Propagate takes to similar takes on same track/all tracks.
- New default theme: theme element customization now moved to Action List.
- Parameter learn available for per-take FX, record input FX and monitoring FX.
- MIDI editor: Option to assign note names to all channels or channel 1 only.
- Options to show/hide markers, regions and/or tempo/time sig markers in piano roll.
- Scripts can now be written and imported in EEL or Lua as well as Python.
- User created toolbars: up to 16 general and 8 MIDI now available.
- The Toolbar docker.
- Adding FX comments.
- Automation: Option to use amplitude scaling or fader scaling on volume envelopes.
- Automation of item take FX parameters.
- Phase setting for LFO parameter modulation can now be user defined.
- Managing FX parameters from the Project Bay
- New chapter: Using REAPER with Video. Many new features including video FX.
- Rendering a video project.
- New vertical envelope editing options.
- More information about VST compatibility preferences.
- Slaving REAPER to a software MIDI sequencer.

You can download the free full PDF User Guide here:
http://www.reaper.fm/userguide.php

And/or purchase a spiral bound hard copy here:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/reaper/up-a...-22311907.html

(Until the end of August, the price will be frozen at the old price )

Enjoy! (I do )
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:11 AM   #2
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Many thanks as always for your hard work nicholas.

Hope it's not off topic, but couple of questions, as I need to renew lic this time...

1. Will my REAPER config from v4 remain after update and purchase a new lic?

2. I am mid project, will I have any major surprises between v4 and v5?
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I'm so inspired! Thanks! Can't wait to dig in.
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Many thanks as always for your hard work nicholas.

Hope it's not off topic, but couple of questions, as I need to renew lic this time...

1. Will my REAPER config from v4 remain after update and purchase a new lic?

2. I am mid project, will I have any major surprises between v4 and v5?
Well I'll do my best ...

1. Config should transition seamlessly,
2. Well I haven't, you shouldn't.

If you're nervous about this, make it a portable install until you're happy that all is well
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Many thanks again nicholas. Off to spend some $$$.

Great job and helpful forum as always.
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Nicholas, thanks for all the work. Much appreciated.
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Err... Downloaded 64 version for windows and nothing happens when I run the installer...


EDIT - Sorry. Completely forgot to thank you for your great work Nicholas.
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Err... Downloaded 64 version for windows and nothing happens when I run the installer...
Try re-booting. I had the same issue (Win10) and it worked after a reboot.
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Err... Downloaded 64 version for windows and nothing happens when I run the installer...
I can't help you with that, sorry, suggest you make a new post, especially as this might be an issue that affects others as well ...

On Edit: Unless lachrimae's answer works!
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Yes. It did work.

Thanks, lachrimae.

Strange, tho...

Thanks again Nicholas.
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Apologies, slightly off-topic, but just in case anyone with control of reaper.fm is watching:

I think the layout on the front page might be broken for some users.

Chrome (Win7, 44.0.2403.130 m), looks broken.

Firefox (Win7, 38.0.5), looks fine.

(Pretty sure I've cleared my cache etc. for Chrome, FWIW.)

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One more note of thanks for all your hard work, Nicolas!
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Many thanks for that Nicholas much appreciated.
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Apologies, slightly off-topic, but just in case anyone with control of reaper.fm is watching:

I think the layout on the front page might be broken for some users.

Chrome (Win7, 44.0.2403.130 m), looks broken.

Firefox (Win7, 38.0.5), looks fine.

(Pretty sure I've cleared my cache etc. for Chrome, FWIW.)

Cheers.

I think Justin just fixed that, would you mind refreshing? It should only affect Chrome at certain zoom levels.
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Absolutely stellar work. The highlights are very easy to understand and the new video capabilities are well explained. Thanks.
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PLEASE MAKE SURE TO EVALUATE REAPER FOR 30 DAYS BEFORE PURCHASING A LICENSE................get lost......vst 3 but to name one step up, renewed license imediatelly and on we go.

Thank you to all the dev's who's hard work make this the best DAW to use,not to mention the awsome forums, long may it continue.

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Same here... less than 60 days ago, I downloaded a trial version of REAPER 4.76 or 4.78. I am so impressed with the product, the documentation and the entire philosophy of this small "rapid development" team, I immediately purchased my 5.00 license today.


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Thank you to all the dev's who's hard work make this the best DAW to use,not to mention the awsome forums, long may it continue.

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Nicholas,

I'll echo the thanks for your work on the guide.

It probably reveals my age, but I want to mention that I got an error trying to print the new guide after opening it in Adobe Acr****. It occurred around page 18. I tried skipping that page but got similar errors on a couple of subsequent pages. I've printed the 4.x guides with no problem.

Also a quick question: Is the Hulu bound guide updated as new editions of the manual are done with subsequent 5 upgrades? In particular, I'm thinking whether to wait for the score editor before buying it.

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Nicholas,

I'll echo the thanks for your work on the guide.

It probably reveals my age, but I want to mention that I got an error trying to print the new guide after opening it in Adobe Acr****. It occurred around page 18. I tried skipping that page but got similar errors on a couple of subsequent pages. I've printed the 4.x guides with no problem.

Also a quick question: Is the Hulu bound guide updated as new editions of the manual are done with subsequent 5 upgrades? In particular, I'm thinking whether to wait for the score editor before buying it.

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Hi Hartley, sorry I can't help you with Acr****. You could try one of the various free PDF progs instead (like Foxit), see if that works. All I can say is it seems to print OK here ... weird you should get probs at page 18 (if you're talking about the full guide), that one is intentionally blank!

And, yes, the guide will be regularly updated for 5.xx, same as in the past. Sorry I don't know how long you'll have to wait for the score editor though!
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Another vote of thanks for all your hard work, Nicholas.

I doubt I'm the only one who'd be lost without your efforts.
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Great job as usual, Geoff!

Thanks so much for all your hard work.

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Thanks mate, your manuals have helped me tremendously, cheers.
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Thanks, just what I needed.
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Fantastic! Thanks so much for putting that together. I will check it out soon and try to take as much in as possible! Very much appreciated by the Reaper community!
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Another vote of THANKS and appreciation for all the teams hard work and dedication.
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So pleased with the new look. The new metronome. Everything really. I cannot wait to try the video stuff!

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various free PDF progs instead (like Foxit)
I put my money on Sumatra, fwiw.

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Thank you,i couldn't find any info on "Swing" in the arrangement view. Is this possible yet??
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Seconded, thanks a lot for this!, great work as usual!
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Last month I shelled out $125 for Kenny Gioia REAPER videos from Groove3. I'm digging into the 111 individual lessons to really be able to improve my facility with the program. Unfortunately, a great deal of the "button-ology" has changed in REAPER 5, so I can't really follow along with Kenny and use the information in my recording. For examples, we now have track knobs instead of sliders, access to automation/envelopes is through a different path, and those screens have changed quite a bit. The concepts are basically the same, the program has a lot of new menus, screens, and controls that don't line up with the 4.0 way of doing things. I've downloaded the 5.0 manual and ordered a paper copy, but now it's a "compare the guides" drill to learn/re-learn it all. Guess I should have held off on the videos - my bad. Live and learn...
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Last month I shelled out $125 for Kenny Gioia REAPER videos from Groove3. I'm digging into the 111 individual lessons to really be able to improve my facility with the program. Unfortunately, a great deal of the "button-ology" has changed in REAPER 5, so I can't really follow along with Kenny and use the information in my recording.
If it helps, you can go Options, Themes, REAPER 4 Default to use the old GUI, this should be the same s in the videos.
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This and the new user guide are excellent as usual. Thanks for all you do, Geoff!
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Wow!

Something I've never expected!

D/loaded R5, backup my portable version and installed port version to original folder which was backed up.

Loaded last song, was listed and in lovely default theme started to play with all my plugins working as usual.

I love portable s/ware and I always backup them if I can.

Loaded Auto Tune vst 3 and... works like a charm.

Levels could be not only green but I love that theme - so clear and easy on my olde eyes. I was using so far NotMyFault but I will switch to default now, more clear and easy.

Of course I do expect some problems - the software is never perfect but so far I love it.

looking forward to check ENHANCED Folders and grouping. It didn't work for me so far.

With vst 3 Reaper is fantastic! Nice surprise.

Thanks for great product!
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To help get you started, I have also knocked up a 35 page introduction to most of these changes. It's a bit rough and ready and doesn't always put things in their context – but that's covered in the main User Guide. Anyway, you can grab the intro here:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...ightsGuide.pdf
Thank you so muck Nicholas!

Some seriously good graphics and throughout explanation of the new features here.

I've had problems with the pdf.-format before, but this is doable to get through
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Thank you very much Nicholas, much appreciated as usual!

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Thanks everyone for your generous comments, and a special "thank you" to G-Sun! Those graphics took absolutely ages to do!
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I just wanna say thanks to all who were involved with the new version, I've only been using it a couple days & it's really, really nice...

FWIW, I'm not into complicated stuff like some of you guys are, & I know I'm not using the daw to it's full potential, but it's still very, very nice guys...

Thanks!!!
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Nicholas, you are a hero !

Thank you so much for the v500 user guide.

Reaper v500 rocks !!
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